Church of St Laurence, Northfield – clock

Church of St Laurence, Northfield – clock
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This is the Church of St Laurence in Northfield.

I’ve been meaning to come over here for a while now.

It was hard to find, without a map to hand.

Getting here, I got off the bus on Bristol Road South (Northfield Town Centre), then walked down Chatham Road (seemed like the wrong way), so then went back to Bristol Road South and onto Great Stone Road. Saw a Church Road and turned left, but that was also the wrong way. Turned back and went into Victoria Common Recreation Ground, and headed towards Heath Road South, then onto Bunbury Road, when I finally saw a sign towards the church.

The church is Grade I listed and dates as far back as the 12th century.

This area seems quite issolated, and must have been a village in the distant past, long before the city of Birmingham swallowed up the area.

C12, C13, C14 and C15 with north aisle of 1900 in a C14 style by G F Bodley.
Sandstone built church. Aisles, nave, chancel and west tower of the C12 build
the round arched doorway of circa 1170 reset in the Bodley north aisle with
double order, the inner zigzag,and with 2 break heads – also C12 the lights
with carved animal heads in the north and south faces of the tower. The major
Cl3 feature is the chancel with a triple group of lancets forming the east
window, moulded heads, double shafted jambs, moulded drip to outer arch.
Three groups of tripled lancets to south chancel wall and 2 to north wall,
under segmental arches springing from shafts. At west end of south wall is
a single lancet originally communicating with a since domolished building
traces of which remains on the outside. The C13 south aisle therefore replaced
an earlier aisle. Also of the C13 the lower stage of the west tower. The
4 bay octagonal pier arcade to the south aisle is C14. In the C15 the upper
stage of the tower was rebuilt and the half timbered porch on its sandstone
base added. The north arcade and aisle are a fine addition in matching C14
style by Bodley in 1900. Instead of a chancel arch there is the unusual feature
of 4 separate but contiguous trusses with a tympanum still in situ in the
second tower from the nave end, framed and wattle and daubed, probably in
origin painted with a Last Judgement. This roof structure is probably a late
C15 alteration of the Cl3 chancel roof contemporary with the replacement of
the nave roof. The pulpit has reused C15 elements from the former screen.
Royal Arms, Hanoverian, above the tower arch.

Church of St Laurence, Northfield – Heritage Gateway

Clock on the church tower.

Northfield history

Church of St Andrew, Minterne Magna – clock

Church of St Andrew, Minterne Magna – clock
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A village in Dorset called Minerne Magna. We stopped here to visit Minterne Gardens.

This is the Church of St Andrew in Minterne Magna.

Grade II* listed building.

Church of St Andrew, Minterne Magna


8/172 26-1-56 Church of St Andrew


Parish Church. Chancel and nave early C15, north chapel 1610-20,
west tower 1800 and 1894, general restoration 1894. Chapel probably
for Sir Robert Napier. Restoration of chancel and aisle by H.C. Sturt.
Walls of banded flint and rubble and rubble with Ham Hill stone ashlar
dressings, chapel in ashlar. Tiled, gable-ended roofs with stone
copings bearing finials. Nave has stone slate verges. Plan: chancel,
nave, west tower, north chapel. West tower: 2 stages separated by
strings with embattled parapet and crocketted pinnicles; parapet
string bears gargoules and stylized foliage; angle pilaster strips;
first stage has blind 2-centred arches to north and south and 2-centred,
moulded west door; second stage has 2-centred windows with pierced
stone panels, nave wall; windows separated by Cl9 2-stage buttresses
with carved gabled tops; central C19, 4-centred perpendicular, 3-light
window flanked by similar 2-light C15 windows under 2-centred heads.
Chancel: south wall has 2 square headed, 2-light Perpendicular windows
flanking a 2-centred door; east window of 3-lights with perpendicular
tracery under a 2-centred head; north window similar to the south
windows. Chapel: north window of 5-lights with 4-centred heads, the
central one being raised,with a stepped, returned label over: west window
of 4 4-centred lights with a square head and ovolo-moulded mullions;
west door with 4-centred head. South nave window is of 2-lights under
a 2-centred head with Perpendicular tracery. Interior features:
moulded, 2-centred chancel arch with continuous jambs; moulded,
elliptical chapel arch: tower arch part concealed, flat responds;
C19 scissor-braced roofs with cusping to nave and chancel springing
from carved corbels; C19 chapel roof with arch-braced cambered collar
springing from wall-plate with carved leaves; seating with carved
bench ends of 1897; C19 octagonal pulpit; piscina with 2-centred head
in nave; C15 octagonal font with quatrefoils containing carving on
modern base; various C17, C18, C19 and C20 monuments notably to the
Napiers in the chapel with broken pediment on Corinthian columns flanked
by weepers by Robert Taylor senior early C18 and to Charles Churchill
1714 in the nave with massed trophies of arms; some C15 glass in nave.
RCHM, Dorset, vol I, pp 167-168, no 1. Newman J and Pevsner N, The
Buildings of England; Dorset, Penguin,1972, p 295. Kelly’s Directory
of Dorsetshire 1899.

Listing NGR: ST6595504340


B_08A Federal Hill – St. John’s Roman Catholic Church (1871) – 352 Atwells Avenue (at Sutton Street) – Looking West from Prospect Terrace – 2:17 p.m. on the Clock Tower in the Foreground

B_08A Federal Hill – St. John’s Roman Catholic Church (1871) – 352 Atwells Avenue (at Sutton Street) – Looking West from Prospect Terrace – 2:17 p.m. on the Clock Tower in the Foreground
roman church
Image by California Cthulhu (Will Hart)
St. John’s Roman Catholic Church (1871) – 352 Atwells Ave – The "Free-Will Baptist Church", home of the Starry Wisdom sect in H. P. Lovecraft’s story, "The Haunter of the Dark." Demolished 04-February-1992. Looking West from Prospect Terrace – 2:17 p.m. on the Clock Tower. The 16-Story building on the left is the Sister Dominica Manor (built as Bradford House in 1966 as one of three low-income elderly housing projects by Rhode Island Housing and the city of Providence) (also known as Federal Hill Manor) at 100 Atwells Avenue.

H. P. Lovecraft’s description in "The Haunter of the Dark" still says it the best, "Of all the distant objects on Federal Hill, a certain huge, dark church most fascinated Blake. It stood out with especial distinctness at certain hours of the day, and at sunset the great tower and tapering steeple loomed blackly against the flaming sky. It seemed to rest on especially high ground; for the grimy facade, and the obliquely seen north side with sloping roof and the tops of great pointed windows, rose boldly above the tangle of surrounding ridgepoles and chimney-pots. Peculiarly grim and austere, it appeared to be built of stone, stained and weathered with the smoke and storms of a century and more. The style, so far as the glass could show, was that earliest experimental form of Gothic revival which preceded the stately Upjohn period and held over some of the outlines and proportions of the Georgian age."

Photo taken by Will Hart on 17-August-1990.